GREG RATHS SPEAKS ABOUT IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS
My Thoughts On The Current Impeachment Proceedings
In June of 1996, I was appointed by the Pentagon to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the White House Military Office. Bill Clinton was our President at the time, and although we had fundamental differences in regards to our approach on policy, I was truly honored to serve our great nation in this capacity. I worked in the White House for about two years when the scandal started to erupt, and by October of 1998, Bill Clinton’s impeachment was initiated. The following months were some of the most divisive that I’ve witnessed in our country’s history.
In December of 1998, Clinton became the second president to be impeached in American history, only preceded by Andrew Johnson. Clinton was acquitted of his charges by February of the following year.
Not many know first-hand what it was like being in the White House during this time. Although President Clinton was able to remain in the Oval Office until the end of his term, it felt as if not only our office, but the country as a whole, fell into disarray. At the same time, the House of Representatives was going through a leadership crisis, and election season was beginning to heat up.
In my opinion, our country has never fully recovered from the division that occurred following Clinton’s impeachment. We are still working on repairing the kind of damage that was inflicted. The type of partisan division that occurred following Clinton’s impeachment has never been reconciled. I fear the same outcome this time as well.
On September 24, 2019, House Democrats announced that they had opened an impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump. Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a resolution that will establish formal protocols for the impeachment inquiry. House Democrats say that the process is similar to a bipartisan path that lawmakers agreed on during impeachment hearings regarding President Bill Clinton, and that it provides due process to President Trump.
I do not believe this resolution meets the threshold of basic due process, and instead seeks to continue to conduct these proceedings behind closed-doors. House Democrats have also failed to provide evidence that substantiates their claim that the president has abused his office for political gain or has committed an impeachable offense. It has been clear that the Democrat House majority has been hellbent on impeaching the President since day one and now that they are in power, they are using their committees as instruments to further their political agenda and invalidate the election results of 2016.
For these reasons, I do not support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
In addition, another impeachment of a President at this moment in history would be something that our country will never recover from. Every effort to come together and unify since then will be lost, and our children will have to deal with the same type of partisan plight that ensued over twenty years ago. We can’t let the progress that we have made be for nothing.
Congress needs to stop playing games and start working on behalf of the American people.